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Creamy Cocoa Butter Lotion for Face and Body

This non-greasy, deeply moisturizing and hydrating Creamy Cocoa Butter Lotion leaves skin very soft and silky.
By Stephanie Tourles
January/February 2013
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This Creamy Cocoa Butter Lotion is made with a variety of natural oils, including coconut oil.
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This non-greasy, deeply moisturizing and hydrating cream doubles as a fabulous after-sun cream. It leaves skin very soft and silky with a light, velvety “orangesicle” scent. No refrigeration of this product is required if it’s used within 30 days. If stored in the refrigerator, please use it within 3 to 6 months. For more on keeping your skin hydrated naturally, read the original article, Natural Moisturizers for Winter Skin Care.

Cocoa Butter Creamy Lotion for Face and Body

• 7 tablespoons soybean, almond, apricot kernel or macadamia nut oil
• 2 tablespoons beeswax
• 2 tablespoons coconut base oil (extra-virgin, unrefined)
• 1 tablespoon cocoa butter
• 1 teaspoon anhydrous lanolin
• 9 tablespoons distilled water
• 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 30 drops sweet orange essential oil
• 20 drops tangerine or sweet orange essential oil
• 20 drops vanilla essential oil

1. In a small saucepan over low heat or in a double boiler, warm the base oils, beeswax, cocoa butter and lanolin, until the cocoa butter and beeswax are just melted. In another pan, warm the water and vegetable glycerin.

2. Remove both pans from heat and allow their contents to cool almost to body temperature, until the oils, wax, butter and lanolin mixture just begins to thicken and becomes slightly opaque. It will be like a soft, loose salve. This will take 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the temperature of your kitchen.

3. Immediately pour the oils, wax, butter and lanolin mixture into the blender, scraping the sides of the saucepan to remove every last trace. Place the lid on the blender and remove the lid’s plastic piece. Turn the blender on medium and slowly drizzle the water, glycerin and baking soda mixture through the center of the lid into the vortex of swirling fats below. Almost immediately, the lotion will begin to thicken. Blend for 5 to 10 seconds more, turn off the blender, and check the consistency. It should have a smooth texture. If the mixtures are not combining properly, turn off the blender and give the lotion a few manual stirs with a spatula to free up the blender blades. Then replace the lid and blend on medium for another 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat process as needed.

4. Turn off the blender and add the essential oils, stirring a few times to mix them in, then blend completely on medium another 5 to 10 seconds, until the lotion is smooth and pale yellow.

Note: If the temperature of your kitchen is above 76 degrees, the lotion will maintain a softer consistency. (Coconut oil turns from solid to liquid at 76 degrees.) If the temperature is below 76 degrees, the lotion will be firmer, more like a cream.

5. Pour the finished lotion into a storage container. Lightly cover each container with a paper towel and allow the lotion to cool for 30 minutes before capping. If you notice, after a few hours or days, that water begins to separate from the lotion, don’t worry. The mixture can separate if the fat temperature and water temperature are not relatively equal and cool enough when the two portions are blended. Keep trying—crafting perfect lotions is an art form!

6. Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to cover the entire face, throat and décolleté and more as necessary for the body. Makes 1 1/3 cups.

Recipe excerpted from Organic Body Care Recipes (c) Stephanie Tourles. Used with permission of Storey Publishing.

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